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“Relatively Inexpensive but bare bones”

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Cercle National des Armees Saint-Augustin
Ranked #905 of 1,804 Hotels in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 November 2012

The shower was a hand wand only, no bar on wall to hold it.
My 1st shower had no hot water- so it was a quick one.

The hotel claimed that irons were a safety hazard, and thus there were no irons in the room.
Nor coffee :(

Location was great, but other than that it was bare bones.
I would NOT stay there again.

Breakfast buffet was included, and was actually very good.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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4  Thank Michael F
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

I visited here for the fourth time and was again happy with the stay. I did have a room on the fifth floor street front and enjoyed the view. (An earlier comment denegrated the interior rooms and I cannot comment as I have always been street front.) The location for the price is the main selling point for me. A close second is the multi lingual and very helpful staff. They have arranged reservations, transportation, given excellent directions and generally been most helpful.
As also previously stated there are numerous small and very reasonable cafes nearby. Of particular note is the department store Monoprix directly across from the hotel which has a food store and deli counter. Good inexpensive eats as well as clothing and necessities. Check this out for food to go or an inexpensive breakfast.
Finally, if you are travelling on to the Normandy area the St Lazare train station is a few blocks away. Walking distance if you are traveling light and can roll your bag(s).

Room Tip: As stated above and by others, ask for a street front room above the 4th floor. You will hear some t...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ULKYDOG
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

As it was my first trip to Paris I found this hotel with an excellent location, it's a walking distance to Gallerie Laffayette, the Opera, Madaleine Chapelle and not so far from the Louvre and the Invalides.
I found that location very interesting, with many nice cafes in the neighbourhood.
The staff is very nice, and all of them speak English very well. They gave us directions to the attractions and dinner, were all very helpfull.
The rooms are very clean and I got one with the view to the Eiffel Tower, that was wonderful!
The only negative point is that they don't have a minibar.
The building is very beautitfull.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a Tower view. Really tiny lifts.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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2  Thank geisa t
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

We visited this hotel recently to celebrate my husband's birthday. The service and friendliness overall at reception and in the restaurants was very good. Cleanliness superb and we cannot wait to visit again. This is our third visit. Free wifi too. The only point I would like to mention is beware of the taxi service from the hotel. We were called a taxi from the hotel back to the Gare du Nord. Very unfriendly man, not to be trusted and demanded double the fare! Best to flag one down in the street.

Room Tip: Depending when you book for the best room. I booked 6 months in advance and asked for a balcony. Roo...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

Highly recommended provided you get a room at the front of the bldg on the 5th or 6th floor, would not book any other room as they will be very small and look out on an alley and won't have a balcony. Location is ideal near the Gare lazare and M9 lines so it is very easy to get about the city. View out the front is of the large St Augustin intersection and the Eiffel tower. Did not opt for the breakfast nor dined in the hotel as there are plenty of options, especially for breakfast in the area. Front desk was helpful and the rates are of course great. Note, traffic noise was not a problem as the windows are double pane glass with good seals.

Room Tip: 502-506 are the best rooms on the 5th, don't know about the sixth floor but try and get a balcon...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank don g
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Reviewed 2 September 2012 via mobile

Simply this was a great stay for our family on our first trip to Paris. The hotel is in a great location especially for the trains and metro. Good selection of restaurants and shopping within walking distance. We used the train to go out to Normandy. Easy up and back trip in one day. The rooms may make you think twice because some of the other reviews but this uses to be a 5 star hotel and it still retains that quality and feel. The rooms are comfortable and who can not like a marble tile bathroom. I did not care about not having a shower curtain. A hot bath felt great. In closing, if you can stay at this hotel, stay here. It's cheaper than anything else you will find and with a view of the Eiffel Tower and the church of St. Augustine rigt next door, the views couldn't get much better!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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2  Thank kellandrich
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

Surprisingly the people who run this place think it's special. We had a tiny room with back alley view- one double bed that filled up the entire room-one small desk with one straight backed chair- no closet-a small armoire to hold about 6 clothing items-no drawers in room, terrible lighting, no shower-not very clean bathtub, a tiny flat screen tv. -motel 6 would be a big improvement- inedible omelet for lunch in hotel restaurant. Manager and waiter could not have cared less. Do not stay here! Thankfully we only have 2 nights here. This is enough to make you hate Paris!

Room Tip: Don't stay here!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 62redtag
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Additional Information about Cercle National des Armees Saint-Augustin

Address: 8 Place Saint Augustin, 75005 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #905 of 1,804 Hotels in Paris
Number of rooms: 87
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Cercle National Des Armees Saint-Augustin Hotel Paris

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